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cannot continue to do this. we have got to draw this line. once this line is drawn, then we can fight about exactly where the cuts will go, but we have to fight that battle first, and we have to win that battle, so, please, contact your representatives in congress and make sure they vote for this. >> yes? >> hi. congresswoman bachmann. >> congresswoman bachmann. [cheers and applause] >> the ultimate ideological question for the united states of america is, in this country, can it survive? that is what we're talking about. we're talking about, when you look at the objective of this current government, if they can get more people wedged into the the government either by subsistence check or in " mischa, what happens when the production cuts is exceeded?
when you look at the fact of our progressive tax good system, where you have 47% of americans who are not paying federal income tax, and we are you talked about how they want to raise the unemployment tax on our businesses. bill hall goal is to meet more americans victims, and that is not part of who we are, and if we allow that to happen, in the united states of america as we know it, we will not be able to pass this on to subsequent generations, and i do not think anybody here wants to be a member of the first generation that leaves something less for the children and grandchildren, so that is something we have to recognize, and by 2045, for example, if we do not get retirement programs under control, we will forever be a permanent bar were nation, -- borrower nation. the people know what is facing
us, but if we in washington continue along with the belief of the election cycle sound bite rhetoric, where we tell people every two years or every four years or every six years what we think they want to hear so we can get reelected, then we will continue to go down the road to perdition. it is time right now for visionary leadership to stand by and say there is a situation, but you know, it is not just about the united states of america. we always find a way out. you go back to the first battle of world war ii, north africa, in the united states military got there butts handed to them, but they brought in a different type of leader, and they kicked tailcoat -- tailcoat -- tail from there, and that is what we need to do. >> kong worse womanbachmann, --
congresswoman bachmann, thank you for being here. she is on a really tight schedule, so we would like you to give us a few ideas of what you are here, why the tea party movement is important, and then we have a question for you. >> there is only one reason why i am here, and it is because of everyone who is here and everyone is watching. you are the reason we're all here, because we heard what the american people were saying in the last two years, and we resonated with the american people. we agreed with them, and we were thankful with them, because of all of the people we are watching, they are the cowberry that came in and did the rescue work in this last election. -- they are the calvary that came in and did the rescue work in this election. especially the election of 2008.
we saw such a change in this country that we've never seen before. i will be 55 years old. i never, ever thought i would live to see the day when the press -- federal government would own the largest bank in america, a private bank, or when the federal government would own the largest insurance company in america, aig, or the fact that the federal government essentially just a full ownership of fannie and freddie, and those are not just crazy aunts and uncles up in a room somewhere, in the cellar. the federal government owns 50% of all privately owned mortgages, so anyone listening, half of you who have a private home mortgage, the government under home right now. about it, and the government also for the first time owns the largest car companies in america. it also own 100% lock stock and barrel the industry, and i think
the final thing that was the frosting on the cake was the federal government taking over the health-care industry, because that is what it is. they will eventually realize their goal of collapse in the private health insurance industry, and then they will take it over -- of collapsing the private health-insurance industry. that is the federal government, a provider of health care, but that is not the system that brought us to this country. we have always been about free markets. that is who we are. that is the beauty. if you look through all of our history, we have been about risk takers, the people who came to the united states, other than native americans who were here, all of us have the same story, and the story is we came from someone who was a risk taker from their country, it does not matter what their country is, but they took a risk, and they
came here, and they knew when they came here, they were not coming for a welfare state. they were not coming for an insurance -- note for unemployment insurance. whatever their abilities to take them to whatever heights that they could do, it is a uniquely american, and what is wonderful is that this country did not attract rich people. if you were rich, you were going to stay where you were. you were doing pretty well. we did not attract nobility. if you were nobility, you stayed where you were. who do we attract? people who wanted a better life and who did what it took to get it. necessity is the mother of invention. it works, and they made it happen. this was the place, literally, where dreams come true, and we have done that. do you realize that 21 generations in this country, 21 in generations, for 21
generations, every generation has successfully passed the torch of liberty and freedom to the next generation, and i think it is different now in 2011. i think that question is up for grabs, on the table. no one is really quite sure if we will successfully transfer that torch of liberty to the next generation, and i mean begins today who are 18 to 24 years of age. will they successfully come to their prime earning years in a country that is truly free? because i think it is almost breathtaking to even say it, but can we truly say that today, we are truly free? are we truly free? i think what we know that we have obama care hanging over us, and we know that we have the epa under orders by president obama to, despite the fact that
congress did not pass this law for cap and trade, the president is, you know, full speed ahead. let's put it into play. is that want the american people want? are you kidding me? they do not want a new national energy package. over the rest of the economy, and now, once the energy industry, too. -- he once the energy industry. no, you cannot have it. watching or listening by radio, people are saying, "we want to the american dream back, because even though we are not guaranteed an income, we are guaranteed health care, we want the right to choose our own destiny. we do not want the federal government to do that for us." that is what i see, that is what i see. >> just real quick because i know you have to run, but i have
a question from todd in oklahoma city, okla., and he says, "how do you respond to the criticism in the house and it said that it is divisive and not in the best interests of the nation, the tea party movement?" >> well, i would say you have not been to the tea party caucuses in the house and in the senate, because far from being divisive in any way, i think what we are trying to do is bring together a great unity. that is what we saw in the last election, because, quite literally, the umbrella and the glue that held us all together is a very parchment of the declaration of independence, the constitution of the united states, and the bill of rights. that is our umbrella, and that umbrella is so wide that we saw the democrats come under that umbrella, independents come under that umbrella, libertarians, the constitution party, people in the tea party or a political, no political
party and all, -- or apolitical. i think everybody here up on this day is believes this. these are our founding documents. on this guy is believes this. they are brilliant. we believe in them -- everybody here on this dais believes this. this is not divisive. if anything, all we're trying to do is ignite that love affair that all of us up with america's founding. that is what the tea party is reminding us, to republish those documents in our hearts, and that is only a unifier. it is not divisive. >> thank you so much, congresswoman. thank you. [applause] i am being given instructions by somebody. >> should i go now?
thank you for allowing me to be a part of this. you have got great people up here, by the way. >> as michele leaves, some people criticize her accuracy, and she mentioned 21 generations, and 21 would be 399 years, just celebrating the 400th anniversary of jamestown, so you are right on target, may be understated by half a generation. i just wanted to say that. >> see you later. >> thank you, congresswoman. >> thank you, thank you. >> thank you so much, congresswoman, for coming and joining us. she is truly a leader and a strong voice for us on the hill, and we appreciate her. our next question is for senator hatch, and this is coming from
online, and the question is from provo, utah, mr. young, and he says, "will the realistic response to obama b.p. to -- what other provisions will be in it, and will it include tort reform? " -- boat toward reform?" >> the president has said he is for tort reform. do not believe it. president obama, the personal injury lawyers. they talking to forms of -- they talked in terms of tort reform, and he cannot mean it in terms of continuing on as president of united states. they spend about $1 billion every few years. it is pretty hard for them to go against the unions, and that is something that has been very
noticeable to me over the years, because about 40% of the unions are republican, and so all i can say is, you know, there is a real difference between democrats and republicans. there is no use kidding. i was a democrat of the way through byu, and you have to be a pretty strong democrat to make all of the way throat byu as a democrat, and realized, my gosh, these people are not be a. they can be very, very helpful from time to time, but i've got to tell you, the party is dominated by special interest groups that are the most liberal in our country, and they cannot take them on. he will not take them on on this court reform. i would like to see it, haute -- this porker reform -- this tort
reform. defensive medicine because of the litigation, and one of the things i used to do, i was a medical liability defense lawyer, doctors, nurses, health- care providers, and most of those cases, 90% of them, were frivolous. spi 200 thousand dollars. you can make a pretty good living. in a day of runaway jury is, attorneys can make a lot of money just by bringing these cases, and insurance companies are hard pressed to not pay the defense cuts, it is they do not know if they will get around a cheerier not, so i do not think he can do it. i do not think he means it really, and it is nice rhetoric, but i do not think there is any
reality to it. >> thank you, senator. let's do another question. i know we are all getting short on time, so let's move straight to lisa miller, who is from alexandria, and her question is, and whoever is there can take this one.-- oh, yes, there you go. i will give it to you. >> thanks. ok. you of a bill before you, the senate does, the faa reauthorization, and i wrote down the bill and what they want to add to it. i know there is nothing to limit air traffic controllers, and right now, they went to filling up with satellite technology, and in 2001, in february, they were talking about privatizing it so the air traffic controller or the airports would have access to private financing for
the satellite technology. now, we are 10 years later, no privatization and to know satellite technology, and now, they are looking at what they have to pay in the private sector. what do you propose? >> we are way behind the technology with the airports in this country. something has to be done. satellite technology is the best system, so that is what they're trying to do. i can remember the exact, something like $8.70 billion to do this, and, you are right. we have to scrutinize everything that comes up. we do want people to be safe, but privatization, i am not sure that it is not privatized right now, it is ever since reagan through the union out, and it
has been a little bit different than it has ever been before, but keep in mind, we have 53 democrats in the senate, 47 republicans, and what i am counting on, and i do not mean to change the subject, what i am counting on is for the great people and the house to take it to the senate and to continue to put it to the senate and literally will cause the senate to, if they are going to vote against them, the year 2012, but you sure what the air-traffic system to be safe, and we want the highest and best methodology to be used in that system, and it will be seen. no question about it. >> and the other responses to that question? if not, why do we not just take a five-minute break. we have quite a few questions
coming up, and many of them -- >> we do not need a break. >> are you guys ok? are you guys ok? let's do it. >> we may not look like much, but we are a tough bunch. [laughter] took, let's move straight this next one, which is from bruce. are you here, bruce? all of the way in the back, ok. i would come over there, but it would take me a long time, so i am going to read it. have you considered elimination of the income and payroll taxes, consolidating all tea party bergert regards to win back the white house? >> all tea party groups in regards to win back the white house? >> with the irs, i had to decide
whether as on the stand on principle, and to this day, i believe i was right, they were wrong, but i paid. i went back and clients in the seat of my old be a bulldozer, and the smoke when out, and i concluded that we needed to be rid of the ira's entirely, and how would we do that? .[cheers and applause] -- we need to be rid of the ira's entirely, and how would we do that? -- with of the irs. the only way to fund the federal government if you're going to get rid of the internal revenue code it is that you have to of a consumption tax, and it has to be level. it has to be on everything, and you have to tax pharmaceuticals and everything in between korea note just having come back from simi valley and the reagan ranch
and the reagan library, ronald reagan said what you tax, you get less of, but if you look at it by definition, the federal government has the first lien on of productivity in america. they take all earnings -- they tax of earnings and investment. once they get theirs, then you get yours. if we stop punishing production and put on consumption, let people in best all they want to, we will see this economy grow, and we will invest trillions backed from overseas, facing capital gains tax. i will better stop right there. i have taken all of your time on this, but i'm going to talk about this this weekend, so this weekend, there will be more detail on fair tax. that is what i have wanted for a long time. >> thank you. amy, do we have a new question from twitter or facebook? >> actually, yes we do. there is a question for alan
west, from the great state of florida. >> thank you very much for being here, each of you. .there is a lot of talk right now about the debt ceiling, from both ends of the spectrum. there is severino on the debt ceiling, definitely yes, and now, i am hearing a lot of rhetoric, and a lot of people are using it as a negotiation tool. i think our congressman dan webster in district 8 has said that he is yes if we get a repeal of obama care, and i think that there are a lot of people using that as a negation -- negotiation to. are you a note, or are you a yes? >> i see this vote coming up as an opportunity for leadership, and i think it is an opportunity to leverage some things to make sure that we make this federal government fiscally responsible, so there are things i am looking at. i think the number one thing you're looking at is we have to
tap historical spending. right now, we're on our way towards 26%. the second thing we have to do, which is the exact thing that senator lee talked about, most of our states have balanced budgets. you do not run your homes or your businesses with of balancing the budget, so that is the second thing. the third thing is we have to have the courage to stand up and say that the big entitlement programs have to be taken away, and we have to sit here in washington, d.c., and come up with the bottle submissions with which we can strengthen social security and strengthen medicare. but then, how to incentivize health? how to restart create options for the american people to allow them to be the ones in charge of their retirement? and most in koran condition for me is to cut the corporate business tax rate. the president said that in the state of union address, so now, we should hold them accountable to do that, because, charlie, ladies and gentlemen, if you want to spur on long-term,
sustainable economic growth, it comes in the growth of the private sector, not the public sector, and if we're going to love the public sector to grow, it is about cutting the corporate business tax rate. it is kind of funny. the purpose of extending this tax rate -- tax rates was not about punishing people who are " and " rich, -- quote-unquote rich, now you look at a 5%, 6% increase on these business owners, so i see the debt limit gives us the opportunity to set conditions to be fiscally responsible as we move forward, and west says no. [applause] >> ok, we are going to take another youtube question, and
this is out of waco, texas. >> as a hard-working american citizen, i strive to create citizen-led solutions in my district. i want a representative that promote self-government. what are you doing as a representative to improve representation on your district level? >> i am happy to take it even though he during a two representatives. we even though heat -- even though he geared it to representatives. it was representative with a small "r." we understand that people governed themselves better than people can. people govern themselves better of the local level than they do of the national level, and that
truly is a substantial part about what this tea party movement is, is this idea of people like us, pushing power out of washington and back to waco, texas, and back out to utah, and all other places throughout the country. we need people back in our home states. i just had this conversation with the speaker of the utah house of representatives, becky, a few days ago, and she is on board. there is a whole team of legislators back in my home state who wanted this to happen. we need to be pushing power back, and our state legislatures need to be pulling it back. those boats that to cast last november for federal officials are eclipsed in importance perhaps only by the votes that to cast for your state legislatures. those are exceptionally important elections. please, do not overlook them, because they are every bit as
important, if not more important, in this fight to restore the proper balance of power. we have got to push the power back to where it belongs. [applause] >> i would just add to that that when i look back to those years when things were causing me to change the direction of my life, i was inspired by the leaders now, and it caused me to put myself into the public life, and from the state and i am from in iowa, we support a lot of local things. -- from the state that i am from in iowa. working with finnerty party organizations and our grass roots organizations, -- working with our tea party organizations. i think each one of us can go back and have some points on the map that korea followed to see who inspired us, constantly up
there trying to identify talents and encourage people. doing the right thing, always. eventually, we have got a big army that is coming in here now. the tea party rally, tens of thousands of people surrounded the capital a couple of times, and i see people making new signs, and new leaders are out there, and they are coming, and they are the next wave behind us. >> but i think the critical challenge of the tea party is, are you out there raising up the next generation of leaders? you have got to be out there. are you having a candidate to seminars? are you instructing people on how to articulate the issues? -- are you having a candidate -- having note -- having candidtaae seminars. let's be very honest about this,
because this is part of the self assessment, so what i would say to all of these local tea party greece, what are you doing for the next level of local elections, elections, and also national elections as we move forward, because it is very much the same as in baseball. where is our single lay, aa, aaa system, so we can get people ready to come up in -- where is our single a? [applause] >> i completely agree, and we are all in here together. we are responsible, too. we are actually responsible. the people are responsible for the mess we're in now, because we have been taking care of our families and goings to school and working and not paying attention, but we are awake, and we're paying attention, and we
are saying, "no maur." >> -- "no more." the next question, i imposing this to all of you. what can we do to stop the bailouts in places like california and illinois that have liberal legislatures that refuse to quit spending money that they take in? >> just say no. >> yes, you do not do it. >> i mean, how can we stop that? because that is where we are headed? >> we say no. this is a very simple answer, especially in the house of representatives, where we are the ones that have the constitutional control of the purse strings, and we have to say you have to get your fiscal house in order.
if you continue to reward bad behavior, you are going to get more bad behavior, and i remember when i used to get with things as a young kid -- get whippings as a young kid. >> this question came up a few times in the audience tonight, so i know there are a lot of people looking for the answer. right over there, and also lopez, right over here behind me. there he is. >> hi, my name is -- is this working? so i think one of the big issues that consolidated the whole network of tea party years -- tea party-ers, about to wbc go, there was a report issued from the sclc committee on the
bailout and the whole crisis that happened in 2007, 2008, and it is clear in their that this crisis was avoidable, and therefore, a bailout was not necessary. and now, that is a positive step, but also, they emphasized glass-steagall. if we actually pass this glass- steagall, there is a way to actually get them out so we do not have to bail them out. no, my question is, are you with this report, or you -- or are you opposed to this fdic report? wall street. >> i do not kiss anybody is, you know -- -- anybody's, you know.
history has a way of repeating itself in teaching you a very bad lesson. to really understand, you have to go back almost to 1976, 1978, with the jimmy carter reinvestment act. one of the things we have been talking about is constitutional mandates. when they say that every american has a right to own a home, that changes the entire complexity of the mortgage industry. all of a sudden, the government comes in, and we start to lower standards, and we start with of things to happen that in 30 years, look at what comes about. when we repeal the glass- steagall act, that was very good for regulating financial industries. now, listen, you get financial industries that go in and out, all of a sudden these bad mortgages get locked up with good mortgages, and a big bundle together, and they get sold off
from big two banks, foreign banks, and and people realize, oops. people are going out there to get mortgages they can afford, but because the government changed the standard, ok, that is what led to the collapse in 2008, and we saw this with fannie and freddie and some of the very nefarious things that they were doing, but when you allow such an incredible influence of special interests, that is why people continue to turn a blind eye to it, so this is what we must understand, but the public sector, government, cannot get involved until the private sector, as we saw with the mortgage industry, but guess what just happened? once again, government has said that everyone has a right to health care. so 30 years from now or maybe even shorter than that, where will that end up? so what you're talking about is really simple. we have to start looking at the
causes of some of these things, and it is a failure of the government appear -- up here to not overstep these mandates. >> let me just follow up on that. i and the chairman of the society, and i went to a breakfast. -- i am the chairman. there was a discussion that was just beginning to percolate its way into "the wall street journal." there was a financial advisor with 30 years in the banking industry, and i will never forget what he said. is what what you'd do everybody else does. that way, if they are making money, you are making money, and if there is a bailout, you will be bailed out with the rest of them. this is part of this. the implicit federal guarantee.
and bad loans and bad neighborhoods. the implicit guarantee of fannie mae and freddie mac is a guarantee where now we have got a statutory guarantee. to be clear which businesses are too big to be allowed to fail, determining which ones will go into receivership and who would receive them, and i have not seen anybody introduce this legislation. [applause] >> another question that has come on line, i am not sure where he is from, but we heard this repeatedly throughout this town hall tonight, is when will the 112 congress take on the issue of defunding of the departments that are not
included in the article one, section 8, of the u.s. constitution? [cheers and applause] >> i think it is too long and too expensive. >> i talk about this a lot back in the home district, and a great example, the department of education, back in the 1970's, when we celebrate the education from welfare, there were about $18.10 billion for their budget. the department of education know is closer to an $80 billion budget and 5000 employees. but what has happened to education? it has been an inverse relationship, so i think now is the time we have to ask questions.
this is a no-brainer, so i think it is very important that we start to ask these questions within ourselves, and we must bring those things up, because this is part of us serving you, and if it does not make sense, if it is a duplicitous program, if it is a feeling program, if it is a redundance program, if you look at the department of homeland security and the command, you will see a duplicity of tasks, missions, so what are we doing? we are creating a bureaucratic united states, and it is truly outside of the leaps and bounds, so, you are right, we do have to put these things on the table and to start discussing them. >> we know there are tough decisions to be made, difficult decisions, and we are here to support you, because it is much more difficult when you have
these people support a new -- much less difficult. and now, we want to go to another youtube clip that we have. >> this is a question for senator paul and senator lee. the stock market has rebounded. unemployment, for college graduates, remains high, about 20%. is this the new normal? what are you doing in the senate to promote job growth? thank you. >> the president talks constantly about wanting to create jobs. bob he speaks this word "create" as if he was the create for, and he is not -- the creator, and he is not. we have a technicality, a little problem we cannot legislate jobs. it does not work.
i cannot create or destroy a matter or energy. i have tried it at home. it does not work. no matter how hard we try, we are not going to korea a single lasting job. islly, what we're doing taking money from peter and giving it to paul. what we have to do is get the federal government the heck out of the way. [cheers and applause] now, in the end, we will be here all night if i list all of the things that we would have to do, but number one, we have got toslash the corporate income-tax rate. it has to happen. it that is not fun to say anymore now that the president has said it.
we have to start taking hold of regulations. in addition to all the tax burdens that we see, this is costing hundreds of billions of dollars every single korea to industry. one of the problems with this, we talk a lot in the constitutionally limited government program about the need to get congress to stop doing things it was never intended to do. that is one symptom of the problem we face, one reason why we focus on the constitution. other bad things happen. when congress does not do the things it is supposed to do. the very beginning of article one set up the legislative power of the united states government shall be invested in congress, not in executive-branch agencies. [applause]
and yet, what happens? every single day in this blessed town? well, we of legislation that never makes it across my desk, never makes across your desk. it is promulgated by an executive-branch agency, so if they decide, for example, the way you are admitting -- emitting ash or ozone, they do something. something that congress has enacted, saying, for example, "we shall have clean air, and it is the epa authority." if you do not like it, who you talk to normally? you talk to one of us, your senator and congressman, in you say, "this is bad."
when we do, we say, "i did not vote for that. if you do not like it, go talk to the epa." they say, "we were not elected by you." note so, a "bug off." -- so, "bug off." that is why i will be co- sponsored legislation with rand paul and some other senators to rein in some of this regulatory morass -- what i will be cosponsoring legislation. -- why i will be. every time there is something that has a significant economic impact over a certain threshold, we are going to provide that that regulation will not remain in effect unless or until congress adopted by law.
that way, it is on the table. >> thank you, senator. right now, i went to go to somebody who is local here in virginia, and anytime we have put together any event, i can always call on this person to help, turn people out, and be there for support, so i mean going to go to tom with more right now. he has a question for congressman king -- tom whitmore. >> congressman king, you'll be happy to know that your colleague, congress will michele bachmann, has got your back to repealed dog frank. do -- dd-frank. -- dodd-frank. you have been there, from the very beginning. my question for you, would you
agree that one of the reasons that the tea party has generated so much excitement and been so effective is because they represent the conscience of america? >> the answer to that question. we had a conversation at one of the rallies, and it was so descriptive of what i think has emerged here, i have taken but upper, and i believe that tea party is are the conscience -- tepee -- tea parties. the conscience is here, speaking to us. we are hearing it now. this is our faith, our american traditions. the things that made america
great are going to make america even greater again, if we can stick together, if we can build this movement, and this is why we will have the state of consciousness of america, and i appreciate that. >> thank you, tom. standing together than apart, that is for sure. >> i have a question that has come up a few times. the question that a few people last was is it a priority to have more senators and representatives joined that? is this something that you do not see as an issue right now? >> in the senate, we have started a tea party caucus with three members, including iran paul, jim demint, and myself --
including rand paul. i get asked this question very often by reporters to what the answer to this question to be, "yes, i am devastated." this is three more than we had one year ago. next year or next congress -- first of all, i do expect more to join. even if they do not. >> we are getting close to our indian point, so i want to take one more question from the audience. i want to take it from somebody who has traveled here from seattle, washington, to be here tonight, in she is another one who has really supported this
tea party movement from coast to coast. catherine. >> well, i have started a group called the doctor-patient medical association, but i am going to ask you about something that is on the horizon, and that is the u.s.-korean trade agreement. a number of us who are free traders are very concerned about what is in a trade agreement, which includes that foreign companies are operating in the u.s. to discourage u.s. law and instead go to the u.n. and the world bank tribunal. so we are concerned that what is masquerading as free trade is not worth the tradeoff in u.s. sovereignty, so we you, as a free traders, -- president obama is counting on republicans to help him pass this, so we are hoping you will take a second look and consider that.
>> when that was first negotiated, i took a look at it. i have got to go take a look at that. yes, i am a free trader, but i want to be a smart trader. we should not let companies operate in that fashion. this is something we need to pay attention to. >> thank you, catherine. one more question here. i understand that most of you in the audience know that the federal government is trying to regulate our internet, and the internet is critical to this tea party movement. it is a big issue. we have all seen it recently. we have seen it in egypt and iran, and so, right now, i have summoned you want to ask a question regarding internet regulation. -- i have someone here who wants to ask a question.
>> as everyone knows here, 90% plus of what the tea party has done has been on the internet, from its generous to its axis, deuteronomy. [laughter] -- from its genesis to another. speaking to a rogue agency, december 21, the sec just voted themselves. the sec cannot do anything unless and until congress says they can come and they have never done that. the d.c. circuit court unanimously ruled that they do not have the authority, and it went ahead and did it again anyway. i know one act is one in its way through both the house and senate. i know congressman has a bill to undo this, but i wanted to get
in front of you all know, and i wanted you to comment on -- we know how important this is, and from the economic standpoint, the internet is one-fifth of the nation's economy. it ties with health care. it is a free-speech issue, an economic issue, and more. >> thank you. >> i think it is very interesting that back in the 2008 election cycle, president obama and, of course, the democrats used social media very well to their advantage to win the election, and now, all of a sudden, they see that on the conservative side, we are able to do that and learned that lesson, now they want to shut that down, and i do not think we can allow that to happen. something else has happened, when you look up and see that area well has purchased the huffington post.-- aol has
purchased the huffington post. we cannot allow ourselves to be suppressed and allow them to take the internet. i stand firmly, if it comes down to it, the biggest pressure we can put on some of these regulatory agencies, cut off their money. [cheers and applause] >> just to add to that, if you look back in the 1980's, ronald reagan eliminated something that require there be a balance between the left and right in the public airways, and the liberals did not do very well on talk radio. people did not want to buy air time. fair enough. i see that fairness doctrine and the same philosophical category as the control of the internet. mubarak did control the internet
in egypt, and i certainly do not want to have anybody being able to control the internet or shut it off, so i am with mr. west, especially, to shutting off the funding to people who do not listen to that. [applause] >> i do not want to say anything that is duplicative of what has been said, but not to be confused with the real interviews, never in the history of mankind has it been so easy and inexpensive for so few people with so little money to speak to so many people. that is what has enabled this movement to be reborn. i say "reborn," because we started back in 1773, but we got a real boost with the internet, with youtube, facebook, email, internet, blogs, everything
else. it is how we exist. it is how korea build and a monopoly -- it is how we have built a monopoly. the facts are out there. it exists beyond what the mainstream media has been willing to report. not everything on the internet is true. a lot of it is not true. but people can find trees and ferret out the truth and separate fact from fiction. -- people can find truth. we will shut them down. [cheers and applause] >> thank you all for being here so much. we have come to the end of our time, but before we totally wrapped up, i want to take a couple of opportunities -- before we totally wrapped in up -- wrapt it up -- wrap it up.
i want to take time to recognize somebody in the tea party movement. she is a mom, somebody out there taking care of her family, and she has decided to step up to the plate and challenge senator webb in the state of virginia, in she is here with us tonight. [cheers and applause] so we are working on that, and i want us to take something away from here, and a action item, so this is not just for show, and we have something that we have to go do, and i want to tell you that we are going to continue to build this movement, to bring people into this movement, because we all identify with this responsibility. we do not have a revenue problem.
we have a spending problem, and we need you guys to rein in the spending, and we are here to support you to make those tough decisions when you have to make them, and in the meantime, we are going to go out, and we are going to find some more conservatives to support you in november 2012, and we may have tried to fire harry reid once, but we will take the gavel away from him in november 2012, so that is what -- note [applause] -- [applause] we all work together. this is a nationwide movement. so that is what we are going to be working on. so i just want to ask briefly, what do you need from us? senator lee? >> mark levin wants to talk to me. >> be excellent into each other. this is a movement that is not
going away. it is worth fighting for. it is worth fighting together. we will win. [cheers and applause] >> mr. west? >> if any of you ever get the opportunity to come to our congressional office in the longworth building, there is a eight pictured that is very indicative of what we are as american people, and it is a picture of george washington kneeling beside his horse in the snow of valley forge and praying. continue to get on your knees and pray. a man or woman, avail of much. thank you. [applause] >> congressman king?
>> i think that is right on target. i want you to think about this. when i first went into the state senate, making principled arguments to reasonable people, and they will come around. that was 90. people who are principled are generally already there. sometimes they will come around, and that is easy. and so as many times as i have made the argument compaq -- argument, i will go back and say, the staff will take them off. they are hearing from their constituents, and they have a fine political barometer. we would like to think that we are a world leaders, and to some degree, we are, depending on the
arena that we are in -- we would like to think that we are warned leaders. -- world leaders. it changes the minds of the members of congress because they have to hear from you. if they do not do their job. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much for being here, not only to our congressmen but to all of you who have come from far and wide. thank you so much, and, hopefully, we will do this again several months down the road. thank you all. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the tea party express announced plans to yesterday for a new magazine called the "tea party review." it will be published monthly and
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